Recognition For Inspiring Local Dance Artist

Dance artist Alice Vale has been awarded Inspirational Woman of the Year in the Arts as part of the local celebrations for International Women’s Day.

Alice (28) from Matlock was presented with her award at a recent ceremony run by Derby-based Vox Feminarum: Women’s Voice.

She was nominated for the award by Clare Limb, Head of Dance Development and Learning at regional dance house Déda in Chapel Street, Derby.

The nomination was made in recognition of Alice’s work with young dancers at Déda, her own achievements as an artist and her work to support fellow dance artists in the county.

Alice has been working with Déda for four years – initially as Artist in Residence. During that time, her own dance company Adaire to Dance produced Coffee Shop Culture which has just finished a regional tour to widespread acclaim.

She has since played a lead role in a number of productions including Games Time which was part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012, the award-winning Luminaire production at Chatsworth House and now as the lead local artist in Hercules, a nationally-acclaimed touring production which will come to Derby Theatre on June 12.

She is Lead Artist with two youth dance companies based at Déda – Bounceback which has won a coveted place in the national U.Dance festival in Plymouth this summer; and Incompany which will be competing in the regional finals of the national U.Dance performance framework in Nottingham next month (April).

Her work with nurturing the talent of young people extends to teaching students on one of the the first BA (Hons) Dance degree programmes based in a professional Dance House, developed by Déda in partnership with the University of Derby.

She is also coordinator of the Derbyshire Dance Artists Network and led on a successful residency recently in partnership with Kitty Winter from WinterWalker who are Déda’s current Resident Artists.

Claire Limb explained: “Alice is an inspiration to young dance artists both at Déda and wider afield and I am delighted that her achievements and contribution to the arts in Derbyshire has been recognised with this award.

“As an organisation, one of our key roles is to nurture and develop emerging dance artists. 

“Having supported Alice through our own talent development programme – Déda Artists - we are extremely proud of her achievements both as a choreographer and performer in her own right and as an integral part of the youth dance development and degree programme here at Déda.”

Alice added: “" I am extremely honoured to have received this award which is in recognition of the wider commitment throughout the county to the development of emerging dance artists.

“So much of my work is done to bring joy and excitement for dance to other people, therefore this award is as much for them as it is for me.”


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Note to Editors


Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

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